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Regulatory and Environmental

What We Do

The Regulatory & Environmental Affairs Division operates a variety of programs that protect consumers from food safety-related and inaccurate product labelling issues. The division inspects stores to ensure that certain products are not out of date and that proper storage temperatures are being maintained. It tests feed, seed, and fertilizer samples to ensure they match label claims, and it also licenses soft-serve ice cream sellers to make sure their machines are properly cleaned and free of dangerous microorganisms. Associated laboratories support the work of the division. The Pesticide Regulatory Unit licenses products and commercial applicators. The division’s Environmental Programs Section conducts extensive water sampling and provides farmers with information and technical assistance.

What's Going On

What is the Veterinarian Feed Directive or VFD, and how does it affect the farmers in West Virginia?  VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian for the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on animal feeds.  This rule will change the way most West Virginia farmers, and farmers around the nation receive medicated feed and water soluble drugs. You will no longer be able to go to your local feed store and purchase certain previous over the counter drugs and/or feed with certain drugs. See the attached link for additional detailed information: http://www.agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/regulatoryandenvironmental/Pages/Veterinarian-Feed-Directive-(VFD)-.aspx

Tractor in the field putting down lime.
The WVDA READ Division wants to make sure everyone is prepared for the Veterinarian Feed Directive (VFD) requirements that go into effect January 1, 2017. From manufacturers to distributors, producers and veterinarians, the VFD is an important change for those in agriculture. 

Testing samples in the WVDA READ Lab.
Seed samples growing in the WVDA READ Lab.
WVDA READ test waterways for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.